Given the choice, what type of animal would you be and why?
This type of question is the kind that can make an interviewee go “Huh?” Some hiring managers ask really strange interview questions like this one. So, what’s the purpose of such a weird question?
Well, some interviewers think that the answer will reveal more about your character than standard interview questions. Others like to throw in odd questions into the interview like this one to watch how you’ll react to the unexpected or under stress. Whatever the interviewer’s reason, there’s no denying that questions like this will reveal your though process. On the plus side, they provide you a chance to show off your creativity.
When going to an interview, it’s best to be prepared for anything. Before the interview, make sure you think long and hard about the qualities necessary to do a job well. It’s one of the best exercises to go through before an interview. They’ll make sure you’ll be able to show how your experience, background and skills will meet or exceed what’s required to do the job.
It really doesn’t matter what type of animal you choose. Just make sure you choose one you can tie into the qualities necessary to perform the job well. It is, however, a good idea to stay away from animals that have negative associations like rats, skunks, chickens, snakes, vultures or hyenas.
When preparing to answer the question: “If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?” keep in mind the personality traits that are desirable for the person filling the position.
Don’t provide an elaborate answer. Simply smile and briefly respond. Name the animal and then explain in one or two qualities in your chosen animal that describe you in a flattering way that’s applicable to the job.
One friend of my says you should always try to be an eagle. Personally, I agree with this but only if you’re a CEO. It’s a bad animal to choose if you need to be a team player.
One animal that’s always a safe bet is the horse. A horse is really strong, and can function well alone or as part of a team.
Ants are another good choice. They’re hard workers and the ultimate team players. You could pick a monkey because they’re quick learners. Elephants are strong, intelligent, loyal to the group, and unstoppable.
Dolphins are also a good choice. They’re considered to be one of the smartest animals in the world. Dogs are loyal and can be a good animal example for someone applying for a supportive role.
Try to stay away from the cat. (Sorry cat lovers!) They can be cute and cuddly, but they have the bad reputation of being too independent and not caring about much other than feeding. This can give the impression that you’re just at the job to collect a paycheck.
You can end answering this question on a fun note by asking the interviewer the animal he or she chose when asked this question in an interview.
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